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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 03 February 2024

[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 03 February 2024]

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★ Al-Monitor reports that the Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a church in Istanbul that killed one man on Sunday.

  Turkish police arrested the two assailants, a Tajikistani and a Russian national, thought to be members of ISIS-Khorasan, an offshoot of the Islamic State that has expanded since 2015, setting its sights on Central Asia, Turkey, and Iran.

  Writing from Ankara, Ezgi Akin highlights how the group referenced its so-called "Turkey province" for the first time after Sunday's attack in an attempt to signal that its presence in the country is well established.

  Turkish authorities detained more than 2,000 individuals and arrested nearly 530 in Turkey since June as part of a national counterterrorism operation against the radical Sunni organization.

★ Voice of America reports that the U. S. may be considering pulling out in northern Syria due to constant Turkish attacks by fighter jets on the local Kurds who control the area.

  Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish militia, who are currently allied with the U. S., as offshoots of the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party, which the U. S. and the European Union consider a terrorist organization.

  Find out the details >> here <<

★ Commenting on the U. S -Mexico border crisis in Texas, Devlet Bahçeli, the Turkish president's ally far-right Nationalist Action Party leader, has said: "What comes around goes around" while deeming the U. S. "oppressor."

  "We can't wish them worse. We call on the U. S. to use common sense and recommend that the problems be resolved with patience and calm," he added.

★ Turkish police apprehended a person who took seven people hostage at a Procter & Gamble plant in Gebze district of the Kocaeli Problems in Northwestern Turkey and released the hostages, reports the news outlet Bianet.

  The hostage taker claimed that he was protesting Israel's invasion of Gaza.

  Kocaeli's governor said that the assailant was a former employee of Procter & Gamble.

  The workers, who had previously prepared for the birthday celebration of one of the hostages, carried out the celebration with the permission of the assailant. Images of the celebration, where candles on the cake were lit and blown out, were shared on social media.

★ The Turkish parliament removed Can Atalay's parliamentarian status, reports Bianet. Atalay, sentenced to 18 years in prison for being one of the organizers of the Gezi Park protests that engulfed Turkey in 2013, got elected to the parliament while in jail.

  The Turkish Constitutional Court found Atalay's rights violated and asked he be released twice, but the lower courts refused.

  Most say that the charges against him are false, and the government wanted to silence him as a vocal critic.

  Atalay is now planning to petition the Constitutional Court one more time for the annulment of the decision to revoke his parliamentary status.

  Read the details >> here <<

★ A study based on the online news outlet Bianet's Media Monitoring Reports and data entered into the Media Observation Database evaluated the freedom of expression for media outlets and journalists in Turkey over the past year.

  The report found that judicial pressure on journalists escalated with the "disinformation law" enacted with the votes of the ruling Justice and Development and its coalition partner Nationalist action parties.

★ According to online news outlet Bianet, Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization headquartered in New York City, asked Friday that the Turkish government ensure accountability for public officials responsible for the collapse of thousands of faulty buildings in the February 6, 2023 earthquakes.

  Human Rights Watch mentioned that prosecutors filed cases against contractors, building inspectors, and technical personnel involved in the collapsed buildings from the earthquake. However, they highlighted that there has yet to be a single public official, elected mayor, or municipal council member prosecuted for failing to take measures to protect people living in buildings with known structural issues or approving numerous construction projects that fell well below safe building standards or were in earthquake-prone areas.

  Hugh Williamson, director for Human Rights Watch Europe and Central Asia, said, "Turkey has a shocking history of impunity for both private actors and public officials when it comes to preventable deaths in earthquakes, and this needs to change."

  The Justice and Development Party-led Turkish government claims that 53,000 people died from the earthquakes. Independent experts say the death toll is more like 200,000, and one claims that it may be as high as 500,000.

  In related news, in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakır, an earthquake-damaged single-story home, later re-occupied, collapsed on Thursday, killing two people and wounding nearly 10.

  Read more >> here <<


★ Turkey has the fourth-highest unemployment rate among the 38 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD,) with nine percent in November 2023.

  There are 33.3 million unemployed individuals in the OECD.

  Spain had the highest unemployment rate with 11.9 percent, followed by Colombia with 10.3 percent and Greece with 9.4 percent. Turkey and Chile share fourth place with unemployment rates of 9 percent.

★ Hafize Gaye Erkan, the governor of the Turkish Central Bank, resigned from her post, citing a "defamation campaign" against her and her family. She was in her post only six months.

  On February 2, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed Fatih Karahan, Erkan's deputy, the new central bank governor.

  Karahan has a Ph. D in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a senior economist at Amazon in 2022 and later a principal economist.



★ Turkish physicist Dr. Ataç İmamoğlu and colleagues at the Institute for Quantum Electronics in Switzerland discovered a new type of magnetism predicted by a Japanese physicist in 1966.

  Dr. İmamoğlu co-authored a paper on the discovery and published it in the journal Nature.

  Dr. İmamoğlu is the Deputy head of the Institute for Quantum Electronics. He received his Bachelor of Science from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and his Ph. D. from Stanford University.

  Read Dr. İmamoğlu and his colleagues' article >> here <<

★ Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the master Turkish film director who most recently directed the movie About Dry Grasses, which won the actor Merve Dizdar the Best Actress Award at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, will meet young filmmakers and movie lovers at the 20th Akbank Short Film Festival.

  At the meeting, the attendees will watch Cocoon, his first short movie, and he will participate in an interview to share his experiences about the film and his cinematic journey.

  Nuri Bilge Ceylan said about the event:

  "I like watching short films. It is a free space where individuality comes to the fore away from commercial concerns."

  Ceylan also said he finds meeting young people valuable to him.


★ Istanbul's Pera Film started screening the extraordinary stories of characters who trace the memories they had or thought to have lived in the "In Search of Lost Time" program organized in parallel with Souvenirs of the Future, In Pursuit of Lost Time, one of Pera Museum's current exhibitions.

  These memories sometimes emerge in a museum's corridors overflowing with remnants of passionate love and sometimes at unexpected stops on long journeys.

  Chasing moments suspended in time, confronting memories that only resurface when nothing else remains, people not only remember, they reshape their memories, just as history is rewritten.

  Each memory is revived in our minds, leaving us with reinterpreted stories of the past and sometimes the future.

  The film program includes acclaimed director Wim Wenders' eagerly anticipated new film Perfect Days, Chris Marker's masterpiece Sans Soleil, the cult science fiction film Dark City, Innocence of Memories inspired by Orhan Pamuk's renowned novel, and Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell, winner of the Golden Camera Award at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

  The Pera Film program will be on through February 24 at the museum Auditorium.

  Inaugurated on June 8, 2005, Pera Museum is a private museum founded by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation. The aim is to offer an outstanding range of diverse, high-quality culture and art services.

  Pera Film is one of these services.

  Couched in the historic quarter of Tepebaşı, the impressive museum building was originally the Bristol Hotel, designed by architect Achille Manoussos.


  See a larger version of the photograph and read more about the artist >> here <<

★ Turkish artist Halil Altındere's exhibition titled "A Brief History of My Last Three Years," consisting of his new works covering the last three years, met with the audience at Pilot Gallery. As always, the artist combines current developments and changes in the world with the creativity in his inner world and opens a new space for the audience to experience.

  Here is what the artist says about his exhibition:

  "In most of the works in the exhibition, I focused on topics I drew from daily life, as always.

  "While preparing the exhibition, many events and wars occurred in our nearby geography, the Middle East. If we look at it now, we can say that there is no place around us other than Greece where there is no war.

  "There are many works about daily life in the exhibition. For example, drones, the cryptocurrency world, and wars are in them. And we see that current developments in these areas are continuing.

  "I made the exhibited art a year ago, but we can call them freeze frames that bear witness to the period."

  A bit about the venue: Located on Sıraselviler Street in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district, Pilot aims at being an inter-disciplinary space that supports creative projects and aspires to introduce historical works that marked the history of contemporary art as well as the ones beyond their time.

  Converted from a former popular nightclub back in the 70s into a 7000-square-ft gallery, PiLOT is one of the rare galleries in Istanbul to offer an array of interior spaces with various purposes, including an exhibition space, a foyer for research, and a showroom.

★ Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts has published its 11th report titled Local Cultural Ecosystem in Turkey which is the culmination of a year-long field research carried out within the scope of Ortaklaşa: Culture, Dialogue and Support Program implemented by the foundation with the support of the European Union.

  The report, written by Dr. Ulaş Bayraktar, aims to initiate a discussion to establish a dialogue and collaboration between local authorities and civil arts and culture organizations, thus enabling the co-creation of local cultural policies through a long-term perspective.

  Dr. Bayraktar provided insights into the report and stated that the report examines the state of cultural democracy in Turkey, treating the cultural life of each city as an ecosystem.

  He added that, inspired by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment of the United Nations, they analyzed how cultural services are determined, their purpose, and the roles of local authorities and civil actors in making cultural policies democratic, participatory, and transparent across diverse cities with unique cultural characteristics.

★ Mario Levi, one of the most prolific Turkish writers in contemporary literature, bid farewell to life while undergoing cancer treatment.

  Born in Istanbul in 1957, Levi graduated from Saint Michel High School in 1975 and received a French Language and Literature degree from Istanbul University in 1980.

  Şalom newspaper of Turkey published the first writings of Levi. "Jacques Brel: A Lonely Man," his debut book, was a novelization of his college thesis.

  "Not Being Able to Go to a City," his first short story collection, was published in 1990 and subsequently received the Haldun Taner Short Story Award, named after the Turkish playwright and short story writer Taner.

  In "Madame Floridis May not Return," his second short story collection published in 1991, Levi delved into the struggles of individuals in the minority circles of Istanbul and those finding it challenging to adapt to the community.

  In his novel "Istanbul Was a Fairy Tale," published in 1999, he narrated the story of a Jewish family living in Istanbul between the 1920s and 1980s. The novel received the Yunus Nadi Novel Award in 2000.


★ Archaeologists unearthed the oldest fig seeds found in Anatolia, the Asiatic part of Turkey, dating back 5,000 years, in the Yassıtepe Mound in the Bornova district of İzmir.

  Dr. Zafer Derin, the head of the excavations, pointed out that this is a significant find for a region that grows and trades figs.

  Archaeologists also found Many remains of sea bream, sea urchins, oysters, and mussels from thousands of years ago in the 8,500-year-old city, revealing that the first İzmir residents consumed seafood, especially mussels, like the current residents of the region.

  The ancient name for Izmir was Smyrna, and the Calimyrna variety of figs here in the U. S. is short for California plus Smyrna. In the early 1900s, immigrants from Anatolia brought the variety from Izmir.

★ Archaeologists found a 1,500-year-old drinking water canal during an excavation in the ancient city of Dara in the Artuklu district of southeastern Turkey.

  Under the direction of the Mardin Museum, the excavation started 38 years ago in a neighborhood 19 miles away from the city center. The excavation continues at the agora (marketplace) in the ancient city, which the Eastern Roman Empire established to protect its border against the Sassanids.

  The Roman-era canal is in the agora, where archaeologists uncovered also more than ten shops.

  The canal transported drinking water to the region from the water cistern found about 35 years ago. Two tons of stones protected it, and a cement waterpipe system distributed the water from this canal.

  Excavation works uncovered a 90-foot section of the canal.

EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 30.50


High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey        : 43/30 Partly Cloudy
Antalya, on the Mediterranean    : 63/50 Showers
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey       : 28/14 Snow
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 54/43 Mostly Cloudy
Izmir, on the Aegean             : 57/39 Partly Cloudy
Trabzon, on the Black Sea        : 54/43 Rainy
Snow depths at skiing locations:
Erciyes in Kayseri, Central Turkey      : 29 inches
Ilgaz in Kastamonu, North Central Turkey: 15 inches
Kartalkaya in Bolu, Western Turkey      : 69 inches
Palandöken in Erzurum, Eastern Turkey   : 69 inches
Saklıkent in Antalya, Southern Turkey   :  1 inch
Uludağ in Bursa, Western Turkey         : 27 inches
Sarıkamış in Kars, Eastern Turkey       : 60 inches



Premier League

* Results for week:
Adana           -      Hatay             0 - 1
Alanya          -      Pendik            1 - 1
K.gümrük        -      Rize              4 - 0
Konya           -      Başakşehir        2 - 3
Sivas           -      Beşiktaş          1 - 0
Fenerbahçe      -      Ankaragücü        2 - 1
Istanbul        -      Samsun            1 - 1
Trabzon         -      Kasımpaşa         2 - 3
Kayseri         -      Antalya           1 - 1
G. Saray        -      G. Antep          2 - 1

* In games played so far this weekend:
Ankaragücü      -      Sivas          0 - 0
Samsun          -      G. Saray       0 - 2
Hatay           -      K.gümrük       3 - 1
Başakşehir      -      Istanbul       2 - 0
Rize            -      Konya          0 - 0
Antalya         -      Fenerbahçe     0 - 2
G. Antep        -      Kayseri        1 - 1
Kasımpaşa       -      Alanya     -
Pendik          -      Adana          -
Beşiktaş        -      Trabzon        -

* Standing in the league as of week ending 23
 1 - Fenerbahçe      60
 2 - G. Saray        60
 3 - Trabzon         37
 4 - Beşiktaş        36
 5 - Rize            35
 6 - Antalya         34
 7 - Kasımpaşa       32
 8 - Adana           31
 9 - Başakşehir      30
10 - Sivas           29
11 - Ankaragücü      28
12 - Kayseri         27
13 - Alanya          27
14 - Samsun          26
15 - Hatay           25
16 - K.gümrük        24
17 - G. Antep        23
18 - Pendik          23
19 - Konya           21
19 - Istanbul        11


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